Law & Order (1990) Episode Scripts

N/A - The Taxman Cometh

In the criminal justice system, The people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups- The police who investigate crime And the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
These are their stories.
- Hey, you! You work here? Dead soldiers.
Take 'em, replace 'em.
- I've had enough, randy.
I wanna go.
- You're so down tonight.
You wanna go home with that guy? He looks like he's into depressed chicks.
It might cheer you up.
- I just wanna go home.
- Okay.
Okay.
Phil.
Yeah, bring the car around.
- Last stop, princess.
- No wounds, no trauma Except a fresh needle puncture in her left forearm.
- Couple old tracks.
Heroin amateur.
- Tox screen'll tell the story.
My money's on an o.
D.
Limousine, private townhouse.
She could afford to buy the good stuff.
- A little too much of it.
- It was drugs, wasn't it? - Oh, we won't know for a while, Miss Douglas.
The deceased She was your niece? - Yeah.
Annie was living in the house with me.
I thought I could keep an eye on her.
- Her parents couldn't? - Her mother's dead and Her father, my brother, is in belize with UhHis fourth wife, I think.
Oh, god.
- She was with her cousin Randy.
They, uh, hit a couple clubs downtown.
Took off for home about 3:00 a.
m.
With one stop, uh - Hit another club? - Not that I could see.
Randy got out of the car, Came back about ten minutes later.
They sat for a few minutes, thenRandy told me To drop him at his place and take Annie home.
- You see what they did when they were sittin' in the back? - No.
The privacy glass was up all night.
I couldn't see a thing.
For all I know, They get back there, have orgies, fly kites Run chariot races.
- Did you take anything from the backseat Once you found the body? ChariotsAnything? - I didn't touch a thing.
- Okay.
Why don't you hang out for a minute? No drugs, no works- nothing back there.
- Cousin Randy cleaned up.
He scores the dope, they shoot up, His cousin is dying - And he sends her home with jeeves.
- Nice guy.
Can't wait to meet him.
Sub by Adriano_CSI - Mr.
Colwyn doesn't deny That he was with his cousin last night, But he has no knowledge of what she did After he left her.
- Okay.
Does Mr.
Colwyn have any knowledge Of what he did on Lexington Avenue and 90th Street At 3:00 a.
m.
? - My client told me he needed to urinate.
- The driver said that you were out For a good ten minutes.
You have a problem with your bladder? - No.
I was getting some air.
The, uh, car was stuffy.
- Hmm.
And you thought a little heroin Would improve the atmosphere.
- You have your answer, And now Mr.
Colwyn must leave To be with his family while they grieve.
- Grieve, my ass.
He left her dying there in that car- Or already dead.
- Well, did you get a line on his dealer? - No calls on his cell.
Either he had a standing appointment, Or his dealer's open 24/7.
- This dead girl She was found in a townhouse owned by Henry Douglas? - That was her grandfather, you know, The super-rich guy that died of cancer last year.
She was living there with her aunt.
- The Henry Douglas Cancer Pavilion.
I've been there for tests.
Douglas's name is all over the place.
- He endowed the hospital with his money While his grandkids spend theirs on heroin.
- At least he didn't live to see this.
Find out where cousin Randy does his shopping.
- All right, so randy got out of the limo at 3:00 a.
m.
Right here- where did he score? - Well, if he walked into a building Where a doorman saw him, His lawyer wouldn't let him lie about it.
- Right.
That place, on the other hand Hey.
'scuse me.
- Oh, man, hey She's lying, okay? Whatever she said, she's lying.
- That's the exact thing I told my partner.
No credibility.
Now, maybe you can do us a favor back.
You see this man in the building? - So you- you never talked to her.
- Nope.
But we can.
Have you seen that guy? - No.
- Did anybody in the building have late-night customers? People coming and going? - What are you talking- hookers, dope? - Well, damn, what do you have in there, a department store? - I hear things.
I don't see 'em.
I'm here mornings.
- Hey, this doorbell Doesn't buzz-it just makes the phones ring, right? - Yeah, so? - So it's a phone.
There'll be records of its calls.
- Yeah? Then you were sleep talking.
Who called you from the street? - You know what? That's a private matter.
I don't have to talk to you.
- Detective Lupo I see a suspicious-looking white powder On the piano back there.
I'll wait right here until you get the search warrant.
- You can't see anything.
- Wanna fight about it in court After we search your place and find your stash, Which you won't get back, no matter what? Or do you just wanna answer a few simple questions? - Like who came to see you last night at 3:00 a.
m.
? - Some rich kid.
Comes in a limo.
Real discreet.
- Him? What'd he buy? - Come on.
- Just between us.
Scout's honor.
- Couple glassines of madman.
And works for two.
- Randy Colwyn bought the drugs.
He left her dying in the car.
He cleaned up, and he lied about it.
- Wouldn't it have been smarter To leave the needle in her arm? He could have claimed she was fine when he left her.
- First of all, he's not that smart, And second of all, he did supply her with the heroin.
- Well, best case we can make is criminally negligent homicide, Maybe second-degree manslaughter, And that's assuming a grand jury Doesn't see it as a tragic accident.
- What if it wasn't negligence? What if he did it on purpose? - Why? - Randy and Annie are cousins, Both grandchildren of Henry Douglas, The zillionaire that just died.
Might be interesting to know what's in his will.
- In case a pot of money goes to his grandchildren And one less grandchild means more money for randy.
- Worth lookin' into.
- Mr.
Douglas's primary heirs, Aside from his charitable bequests, Are Catherine, her brother, and her sister.
- And you're what, Mr.
Graham, the executor? - Coexecutor.
He's my attorney and accountant.
What does this have to do with what happened to Annie? - We're just wrapping things up.
Did she and the other grandchildren inherit anything? - Yes, they inherit per stirpes behind Catherine And her siblings.
- They divvy up a set amount.
The less of them, the more each one gets.
- You want to know if randy benefited from annie's death.
- Did he? RandyIs a disappointment.
He's not a murderer.
- Let's just get straight on this one point.
Did he benefit? - Well, actually, The way the will is structured, yes.
- We're only here as a courtesy To stop this ridiculous investigation.
- How ridiculous is it that your client Would be a million dollars richer Because of the death of his cousin? - What? - I have no idea what you're talking about.
- We're talking about his grandfather's will.
Come on, Randy.
You're telling me you didn't know what was in that will? - No.
- Uh, talk to me.
That will hasn't even been filed yet.
- Well, that doesn't mean That Randy doesn't know what's in it.
- He had the motive to kill his cousin, And he gave her the drugs that did kill her.
Two plus two.
He's looking at criminally negligent homicide.
- I didn't kill Annie.
It was an accident.
- Randy - It wasn't even my idea.
She was just depressed after granddad Henry died.
She- She visited him every day at that Balichek Clinic.
She cried so hard, they had to sedate her.
So she wanted to forget.
- He gave her the drugs and cleaned up afterwards.
Consciousness of guilt.
You willing to bet That a jury won't think he knew about that will? - Criminal facilitation.
Probation.
- Hmph.
- Okay on the charge, but he does a year.
- Six months.
- Deal.
- Six months.
- Trust me, it was a weak case.
At least he'll see the inside of a jail.
- Hey, lieu.
- Yeah.
- You ever heard of the Balichek Clinic? - No.
Why? - Randy just mentioned that's where his grandfather died.
- He builds a cancer hospital, gets cancer, And goes somewhere else for treatment? - And dies, leaving his heirs a fortune.
- He did die of cancer, right? - Colorectal cancer.
You want us to check it out? - Give it half a day.
Worst case, maybe I'll find a better doctor.
- Of course Mr.
Douglas came here when he got sick.
He built this hospital.
- But he didn't stay here.
- No.
The tumor had penetrated his bowel wall, And there was evidence of metastasis.
- There was nothing that you could do about it? - Of course there was.
We have one of the best survival rates in the nation.
With radiation and chemotherapy, He could have lived another year, maybe two.
- Then why did he leave? - You'd have to ask his daughter.
She wasn't satisfied with our plan of treatment, And she had a lot of influence over her father.
- So Catherine Douglas took her father To this Balichek Clinic.
- She wanted an experimental therapy She'd read about somewhere.
- Why didn't you do it here? - Because we don't offer it.
- Why not? - Because it doesn't work.
'scuse me.
- The medical establishment- They always do what they always do, And they always get what they always get.
- Which is? - Moderate success With easy cancers.
- I didn't know there were any easy cancers.
- Oh, sureIf you brutalize them into submission.
Chemotherapy-it's destroying the village to save it.
- What do you do differently? - Hormonal therapy, Augmented by nutritional supplementation.
Most of the advances come from independent clinics In Germany and Switzerland.
If you had six months, I could explain them to you.
We have techniques for curing cancers That establishment medicine can only retard.
- You didn't cure Henry Douglas.
- He came here too late.
Please, leave your passes at the front desk, And don't forget to sign out.
- The guy's controversial, to say the least.
The way the mainstream literature describes it His cancer therapy consists of fairy dust and magic potions.
- He's been sued for malpractice a dozen times.
The ama have him on their watch list.
- But the patients keep coming, right? There's nothing like the diagnosis of terminal cancer To get people looking for a magic potion.
- Lately, check out which people.
Those are recent death certificates Filed by dr.
Balichek's clinic.
- Dot-com billionaire.
Widow of a real estate mogul.
- They all left high-end places Like the Douglas Cancer Pavilion To go to the Balichek Clinic.
- And die there.
- It's a roach motel for millionaires, lieu.
They check in But they don't check out.
- Doctors gave my mother a year to live- A death sentence.
No discussion of alternative therapies, No attempt to find another way.
She was my mother.
The least they could have done was lie to me.
- So you put her into dr.
Balichek's care, And she died six weeks later.
- That's right, but she went down fighting.
She was given a chance.
- The original doctors Opposed the move to the Balichek Clinic.
- Well, they would, wouldn't they? - They said you influenced her decision to move there.
- Dr.
Balichek offered us hope.
I would do it again.
- Last fall, my father was diagnosed With stage three pancreatic cancer.
His doctors gave him a month at the outside.
They made arrangements to ship him to a hospice.
we just weren't ready to let him go, So I did some research and found dr.
Balichek.
He gave my dad six months That we never thought we would have.
- Your father survived longer Than his original doctors thought.
- He had time.
Time to say good-bye.
We all did.
It was a blessing.
- Right.
Well, thank you for your time.
- we're sorry if we upset your wife.
- No, it's It's all been hard.
Those last few months were hell.
- Hell andA blessing.
- The old man's last months at balichek's clinic Weren't my idea of a blessing.
Tubes stuck in everywhere.
So many meds, he couldn't think straight.
When my time comes, just pull the plug.
please.
- If we were thinking some kind of murder scheme here, That last case pretty much scotched it.
- Dr.
Balichek kept the patient alive longer than expected.
So unless we're gonna charge him with anti-homicide - No, no, no.
It's perfect.
They all died in 2010, right? - Mm-hmm.
- So the ones who had longer life expectancies Got cut short, And the one who was supposed to die in 2009 Was kept alive into January.
- Right - Right.
- You see, there is a leftover loophole From the Bush Tax Laws.
There's no estate tax in 2010.
- So if a rich person dies in 2009 or 2011 - Your heirs pay millions to uncle sam.
But die in 2010, and they keep it all.
- My accountant explained that to me.
Not that my heirs will have much to worry about.
- okay, so there is a money motive to kill, And what, these loving sons and daughters Ship their old folks off to dr.
Balichek to do the deed? - What's in it for balichek? There has to be some kind of payoff.
- These family members inherited fortunes.
There's plenty of loose change to kick back to the doctor.
- Well, I'll call Rubirosa for a subpoena.
- Why is this necessary? Miss douglas was happy to answer your questions.
- A different area, Mr.
Graham.
We're looking at payments from any of her accounts.
- To whom? Her nephew, her niece? - Dr.
Balichek.
- She didn't make any payments to balichek.
Her father paid all his own bills.
- We assume Miss Douglas is aware That because her father died in 2010 There's no tax on his estate.
- Everyone's aware of that.
It's been on the front page of the wall street journal A dozen times.
- She never expressed any particular interest.
- No, she didn't.
What are you accusing her of? - We'll have these back as soon as we're done.
- No payments to Balichek.
But she is redecorating with italian marble.
- Yeah.
And drinking french wine at $500 a pop.
- Her father died February 10th, right? - Yeah.
- From her personal account.
There's a check to Amanda Green for 300,000, February 12th.
- Amanda Green.
Yeah.
Her name's on the visitor's log At the Balichek Clinic.
- A go-between? - That money was for me, not dr.
Balichek.
- Do you mind telling us what it was for? - I guess not.
It was a settlement of our joint financial affairs.
- You and Catherine Douglas were in business together.
- In life together.
Up until a few months ago, we were lovers.
We lived together, traveled together.
Owned property together.
- But you do know dr.
Balichek.
- I met him at his clinic when I visited henry.
- So you were friends with your ex-girlfriend's father? - The rest of Catherine's family Wouldn't acknowledge I existed.
But Henry and I We both loved gardening and The Master and Commander novels.
The others, they I never saw any of them visit him.
Except Annie.
They were just waiting for him to die.
Waiting for his money.
- What was your impression of the care he was getting? - I'm not a doctor, but It was clear he was dying.
I know he had some hope that dr.
Balichek would You think he wasn't getting good care? - His original doctors thought he could have lived For another year or two if he had stayed with them.
But catherine - Oh, god.
I thought she was kidding.
- About what? - Catherine was never close to her father, And she just milked him for all she could.
She didn't understand why I liked him.
- You thought she was kidding about what? - Well, last year, she came home from a meeting With her accountant, And he told her about some estate tax thing That if her father died in 2010, There'd be a lot more money.
And she was laughing about it.
She said, "if the old son of a bitch has to go, He might as well do it in 2010.
" I thought she was kidding.
- The ex-girlfriend will testify That Catherine Douglas wanted her father to pass in 2010.
- That still could be a coincidence.
People die.
- Oh, yeah? You think that's a coincidence? Bruce Graham is Catherine Douglas's accountant.
He also worked for Roger Weil and Louise Casey.
- Those are the other two people whose parents died At the Balichek Clinic.
- Yeah, they died in 2010, And they were crying their eyes out-sons of bitches.
- It's Graham.
He's in the middle of all of this.
He worked for dr.
Balichek too.
He signed off on several payments for malpractice claims.
- So he knows the good doctor Has a habit of killing his patients.
- Graham tells his clients about this tax loophole And about dr.
Balichek, And they send their moms and dads to the Balichek Clinic Where they kick right on schedule.
- And the heirs save millions.
But what's in it for Graham? - Well, all three heirs named him Executor of the estates.
Estates that big, they get huge fees.
- My first accountant serial killer.
I believe it.
How do we prove it? - There's the ex-girlfriend's testimony.
- That's good, but not enough.
I need one of these people tell the story to a jury.
- Let's bring 'em in.
They'll be shocked we even suspect 'em.
Somebody'll crack.
- Maybe.
What if we really shock 'em? Arrest 'em.
- Which ones? - All of them.
- This is outrageous.
- Uh-huh.
- Dr.
Balichek-you too? - I don't understand any of this.
I'm trying to reach my lawyer.
- Nobody say a word.
Nobody say anything.
- It's getting kind of crowded in there.
- Where do you want these two? - Chain 'em to the Coke machine.
Let's go.
This way.
People v.
Catherine Douglas, Bruce Graham, Vincent Balichek, Roger Weil, and Louise Casey.
Charges areThree counts of murder in the second degree As to defendants Graham and Balichek.
One count each, murder in the second degree, As to defendants Douglas, Weil, and Casey.
- All plead not guilty.
- Quite the distinguished group.
I feel like we ought to be serving canapes.
- They don't belong here, Judge.
The District Attorney is putting on a show.
It's no show.
Three people are dead.
- Of cancer.
Why not indict the grim reaper? - Well, he's outside the jurisdiction.
But he had help from these defendants, As the evidence will show.
People seek remand.
Several of the accused have multiple residences.
- Which they are willing to put up to secure bail.
- Cash is always so much more elegant, don't you think? Oh, and, umpassports.
Please.
- You might as well be wearing a sign on your forehead, Mr.
Cutter: "tell us a story, and we'll let you go?" - Well, that would depend On what story your client has to tell.
- My mother got sick.
My mother died.
That's the story.
- She died at dr.
Balichek's clinic.
You care to tell us how that came about? - Dr.
Balichek said he could prolong my father's life- Which he did.
- Right into 2010 When his estate passed to you tax-free.
- Even granting your preposterous assertion, How is it possibly a crime to keep someone alive? - There was a conspiracy to fix the time of death.
It happened over and over.
- All that happened was that I gave those people hope.
- Which expired, in every case, in 2010.
- Sick people die.
Especially when they submit to the so-called treatments Of the medical establishment before coming to me.
- If there are complaints About the way dr.
Balichek practices medicine, Its a medical review board.
Not a trial for homicide.
- It doesn't have to come to that If dr.
Balichek will tell us How he came to treat so many wealthy clients Of Mr.
Graham.
- Even if Graham did recommend dr.
Balichek, so what? - He's a licensed physician, not a mob hit man.
- With a track record that would make a hit man jealous.
- Your former lover's testimony Will help explain what really happened.
- Really.
What do your former lovers have to say about you? - I thought someone would fold.
- Big game like these people, If you don't bring 'em down with a single shot, You're in trouble.
Maybe you shouldn't have been so quick To arrest the entire Upper East Side.
- Oh, like you never went out on a limb? Okay.
Okay, so we go to war with the army we have.
There's the testimony of the ex-girlfriend That Catherine Douglas met with Graham And came home salivating about her father dying in 2010.
- That's Graham, the homicidal accountant.
- It all connects through him.
He sent the heirs to the doctor Whose specialty was making sure people died in 2010, And he got rewarded by being named executor.
The jury will see the pattern.
- Or not.
Motion to sever.
Defense wants three separate trials.
Gentlemen, your table is ready.
- He has to work.
- Yeah.
- The premise of the people's case Is that all five defendants Participated in a common plan.
An understanding of the pattern of the crime Requires that they be tried together.
- The strongest suggestion That this so-called pattern exists Would come from making these five individuals Sit together in front of a jury.
The people are attempting to establish guilt by proximity.
- Mr.
Cutter, You are alleging three separate homicidal acts At three separate times.
- What homicide, your honor? As to defendant casey, The charge is that she prolonged her father's life For a mercenary reason.
NowI I can't find any statute That makes it a crime to prolong a life for any reason.
- She only prolonged her father's life Until she saw fit to end it.
- No sale, Mr.
Cutter.
Charge against Miss Casey is dismissed.
- As for the others, judge, if a juror believed An allegation against any defendant, It might be applied improperly to them all.
- Ah, save your breath.
I agree.
Motion to sever is granted.
- Maybe it's a blessing in disguise.
We'll lead with our strongest case.
- You're happy we just lost? - The charge against Casey was never gonna hold.
We don't have a witness against weil, So we'll start with Catherine Douglas.
- All we have is the testimony of her ex-girlfriend.
That, plus the deaths Of Weil's mother and Casey's father.
- Were you and I just in the same courtroom? - The judge said we couldn't try them together.
He didn't say a world about People v.
Molineux.
- We can introduce evidence of uncharged acts To show a common scheme or plan.
- Right.
So we can bring in the other deaths Without needing to prove them.
The ex-girlfriend's still our star witness, though.
How bitter was their breakup? Will the defense be able to accuse her of lying Out of spite? - I can check westlaw and see if they've ever sued each other.
Catherine Douglas And Amanda Green.
Oh, my.
Catherine Douglas wasn't just your lover.
- Only in some fictitious sense.
- Some legal fictitious sense.
You are parent and child.
- We were together for a long time.
Before gay marriage existed, A lot of gay partners adopted each other To get family rights, To visit each other in the hospital, Own property together, all kinds of things.
Including financial things.
Did Randy Douglas know about this? - No.
We didn't tell anybody.
Would have made most of Catherine's family crazy.
- Ha.
It will now.
For sure.
As Catherine's daughter, You're Henry Douglas's grandchild.
You have a share in that part of his estate.
- I never thought about that.
Why is this a problem? I'll still testify against catherine.
She's not really my mother.
- Yes, she is.
- Technically, legally.
So what? - She inherits the largest part of her father's estate.
But if she's found guilty of his murder, That inheritance gets barred.
She can't profit from her crime.
It passes to her next of kin-her daughter.
You.
- All of it? - You have 50 million reasons to lie to convict her, And the defense won't be shy about pointing that out.
Your testimony will be worthless unless - What? - You renounce the inheritance.
- No.
- You want the money More than you want to see justice done? - No, butI don't - I don't want to See that money go to Henry's other relatives.
They were vipers.
They never appreciated him.
And itIt Wouldn't be just for me.
- Well, who would it be for? - My unborn daughter.
I'm pregnant.
- So you see any more blessings in disguise? - No.
- If she doesn't Renounce that inheritance, our case falls apart.
- Then we'll just have to renounce it for her.
You heard what she said.
She doesn't think of Catherine Douglas as her mother.
- So? - So the adoption is a fraud.
We'll get it nullified.
- We do things a bit less formally in family court, But we are on the record.
- Then we should note that Miss Douglas Is here under false pretenses.
She's trying to protect herself from a murder charge.
That's why she's opposing our motion To invalidate her adoption of miss green.
- Not so.
My client is here to protect the right of gay people To enter into family relationships.
- Even if Miss Douglas doesn't have clean hands, My client does.
Miss Green has no agenda except for that principle.
- And to preserve her share of an enormous inheritance.
- That's not why I'm fighting this, Catherine.
No matter what you might think.
- It's nice to see you again too, Amanda.
- People, let's stay on point.
Uh, Mr.
Cutter contends that your adoption was a fraud.
- Miss Green told us That she never considered Miss Douglas to be her mother, That she considered her to be her spouse.
- Is that right? - We couldn't be spouses legally.
At the time, it was the only way we could be related.
- But if you could have married Miss Douglas, You would have, wouldn't you? - Yes.
- Miss Douglas, you too? So you lived as spouses, behaved as spouses, Felt yourselves to be spouses, not mother and child.
When the relationship ended, did you consider yourself Still a part of Miss Douglas's life? - No.
- So the marriage, if you will, was over.
If you had been married, you would have gotten divorced.
- Your honor, what is the point of this? - The point is that this adoption Was the equivalent of marriage in all but name, So it needs to be accompanied by the equivalent of divorce.
- I do find that persuasive.
- Your honor- - you have to consider- - Your clients considered themselves married.
The adoption was a sham.
One they were forced into By the state's shameful failure to allow gay marriage, But a sham, nonetheless.
The adoption is invalidated.
I will, however, take a further step.
As Mr.
Cutter has so eloquently argued, These two were essentially married.
I see no reason, therefore, Why they should not be accorded the marital privilege.
Uh, Miss Green is barred from testifying against Miss Douglas In any criminal proceeding.
- I hear congratulations are in order.
Your brilliant argument just made new case law About the marital privilege.
- Yep.
And destroyed my own case.
They're calling me "Boomerang Mike".
- That ruling is unsupportable.
The privilege only applies to legally married Heterosexual couples.
- That Judge thinks that's wrong.
- Well, it doesn't matter.
A family court ruling isn't binding in criminal court.
- Unless the trial judge says it is.
Who'd you draw? - Laramie.
- His son got married to a fine young man In Massachusetts last year.
Good luck.
- The people are trying to have it both ways.
They had Miss Douglas's And Miss Green's adoption invalidated on the grounds That their relationship was really a marriage.
Now they're saying it's really not a marriage.
I personally defer to their earlier argument.
- And I personally would be happy to attend Miss Douglas's and Miss Green's wedding.
But this isn't personal.
It's about the laws of the state of new york.
- The statue says that a husband or wife Shall not disclose a confidential communication Imparted during their marriage, but society has changed.
- For better or worse, Those changes have not been accepted by legislature.
- For better or worse? Are you attempting to conduct a wedding right here, Mr.
Cutter? - Well, I would if I could, your honor.
- If his commitment to equal rights is so strong, Maybe he'd care to withdraw his motion.
- If this actually were about equal rights, I might.
But Miss Douglas is only waving the banner of civil rights To weaken our murder case against her.
- Well, it is refreshing That we're all on the same side of the moral issue.
But I'm afraid the legal issue Compels me to rule for Mr.
Cutter.
Miss Green can testify.
The spousal privilege does not apply.
- It was about equal rights, No matter what you said in there.
- Look, I'm sympathetic.
I really am.
But I need your testimony.
- Well, I'm afraid it's not gonna be much good to you.
- Why not? - Because what I told the police about Catherine Wasn't true.
I was still mad at her about our breakup.
- No.
It was true.
She got to you.
- I'm just setting the record straight.
- What-what was it, money? Some kind of threat or- - You can call me to the stand, But I'll have nothing negative to say about catherine.
- Oh, I see news travels fast.
- I've known these women for years, Mr.
Cutter.
If you're counting on them for anything, forget it.
They break up, they make up.
They claw each other's eyes out Then fly to Barbados together.
- You've lost Amanda Green as a witness.
It's time to end this charade.
- What, so your client can get back in the business Of arranging murders? - The only charge I am guilty of Is explaining the tax code.
How much more of your time and energy do you want to waste? - We'll keep you posted.
- How much more of our time and energy do you want to waste? - Well, if the lesbians aren't reliable, We'll go a non-lesbian route.
What else do we have? - Louise casey.
She's not a defendant anymore.
We could subpoena her.
- The woman whose father lived longer Than he was supposed to.
Maybe we've been going about this backward, Focusing on the people dr.
Balichek killed.
How, exactly, did he keep Mrs.
Casey's father alive? - He used chemotherapy.
- And Balichek hates chemotherapy.
He wrote a journal article denouncing it as poison.
- He was trying to keep louise Casey's father alive until 2010.
That's the only explanation.
- He violated his own principles.
It discredits him.
You can use it against him at his trial.
- I don't want to use it against him.
I want to use him against graham.
- But dr.
Balichek is your hit man.
Isn't that what you've been saying? - He was a strange kind of hit man.
We've been trying to figure out how he was paid.
- Yeah.
We've been through all the defendants' accounts.
We can't find a single suspicious payment.
- Maybe he got a bag of cash in a blind pig in Chinatown.
- Or maybe he did the job for free.
- A pro bono hit man.
- A hit man who didn't know he was a hit man.
What if he's sincere, He believes in his cockamamie therapies? And if anybody knew they didn't work, it was graham.
He wrote the guy's malpractice checks.
So he sent those patients there.
- But Balichek had no idea he was being used that way.
He's guilty, but he's innocent.
- I'm gonna drop the charges against him And make him my witness.
- To say what? If you're right, he was a dupe.
He doesn't know anything.
- No, but he knows why he violated his own principles And gave someone chemotherapy.
- Hmm.
- I can't talk to you without my lawyer.
- Yes, you can.
We've dropped the charges against you.
- You have? - You didn't do anything wrong.
You treated henry Douglas and Roger Weil's mother to the best of your ability.
- That's what I've been saying.
- And now we believe you.
- Well, that's very- - But Mrs.
Casey's father was different.
- He was extremely sick when he got here.
- He was dying.
The establishment doctors had given up.
- They always do.
- But you treated him the establishment way, With chemotherapy.
Can you tell us why? - I was just trying to sustain him.
- You don't believe in chemotherapy.
You're famous for not believing in chemotherapy.
Would you like me to read from some of your journal articles? - I know what I have written.
- Well, then, why? Was it something Louise Casey asked for? Or Graham? Or are you a hypocrite? You get people to your clinic With the promise of cutting-edge therapy, And then you just serve up the same old establishment junk.
- No.
It was Graham.
He asked me to keep the man alive By any means necessary until January.
He said it wasSomething to do with an inheritance.
And if I didn't do it, He'd pull out the patients that he'd already brought me.
It has not been easy here.
My ideas are not widely accepted.
If I had cured someone like Henry Douglas, Do you know what that would have done for me? And I almost did it too.
If Douglas had just lived a little longer.
- How? - There's an experimental stem cell therapy.
I needed placental cells from a close blood relative.
Amanda Green volunteered.
She's pregnant, you know.
- But she's not a blood relative.
- No.
But she conceived in vitro.
The egg was donated by Henry's Daughter Catherine.
- If that baby came from Catherine's egg, Catherine has a strong claim to it.
- Pretty big club for her to hold over Amanda.
No wonder she changed her story.
- But if Amanda tells the truth And sends Catherine to prison, Catherine won't get the baby then.
- Who knows? It'll be a big fight With a lot of money on Catherine's side.
You know, until we annulled the adoption, That baby was Catherine's daughter and her granddaughter.
- She's my sister.
Chh! She's my daughter.
She's my sister.
Chh! She's my daughter.
- Chinatown.
That's nice, jack.
- You know, when King Solomon had a situation Involving two women and one baby, He resolved it by threatening to cut the child in half.
- We don't have a sword.
- No.
We've got something better.
- So we all know what happened, Miss Green, We know what Catherine told you About her father dying in 2010.
- I told you I was lying about that.
- No, you weren't.
She's threatened to take the baby away from you, hasn't she? And we know it's her egg.
I assume you did things this way So you would share maternity So the child would be both of yours.
But her egg donation makes it hers.
- Fascinating.
I thought you brought us down here To offer us a deal.
- I will if I have to.
But I'd rather convince Miss Green To testify truthfully.
- But I can't do that.
And I know you think you know why, And maybe you're right, but That's all I'm gonna say.
- If Catherine goes to jail, No judge will give her the baby.
- But what if my testimony isn't enough? What if What if she doesn't go to jail? - Oh, yes, she will.
Even without you, we can subpoena Mrs.
Casey, Dr.
Balichek has agreed to testify.
And if we have to, we'll offer a deal to graham And get his testimony too.
- Graham? You wanted my client to roll on him.
- Even if she does go to jail, She might get the baby anyway.
She's got money.
She's got lawyers.
No.
- Well, you might be right about that.
So we've made arrangements.
You all remember cousin randy, right? - Aunt Catherine? - What is he doing here? - We're working on the paperwork That would allow him to serve his sentence For accidentally killing your niece under house arrest So he could take care of the baby.
- Him? - Mm-hmm.
Well, Catherine will be in jail.
Her brother's out of the country.
Her sister's an alcoholic, And randy is the baby's cousin.
And he's available.
- You can't possibly be serious.
- Oh, completely.
We're prepared to go to family court tomorrow.
- By the way, Randy.
The baby will be inheriting a fortune From your grandfather's estate.
That will be under your care too.
- I I've always been really good with kids.
- Good.
So that's settled.
We just wanted to give the two of you a heads-up.
- What if I do it? Testify against Catherine.
- For god's sake, Amanda- - You really want the baby to go to this idiot? - Of course not.
- Well, then do something! - What-- - you do something.
- What if I give you Graham? - Catherine, you don't have to do this.
- The whole thing was his idea How we could save money by making sure My father died this year.
How dr.
Balichek was sure to kill him Whether he meant to or not.
I didn't really think it mattered.
My father was barely conscious.
- All right, you plead to manslaughter.
You do jail time.
- So what happens to the baby? - Stays with amanda.
And, um, when you get out, Who knows? - Who knows? - Catherine gave it up.
Graham saw he was cooked.
He pleaded to a single count.
Took ten years.
- I never would have let you give the baby To that idiot cousin.
- And Solomon wouldn't have swung his sword.
It was theater.
- Bravo.